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Lewisham PCN – Should you Pay or Appeal? 2022 Laws

Lewisham PCN

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Did a quick stop off in Lewisham result in a Lewisham PCN stuck to your car window? Or maybe you received a Lewisham PCN in the post? Whatever your situation, we discuss if you should pay your Lewisham Council parking ticket and what other options are available. Let’s motor on! 

Do You Have to Pay?

In many circumstances parking tickets are not enforceable.

It’s a bit sneaky, but last time I had a parking fine, I paid £5 for a trial to chat to an online solicitor.

Not only did I save £50 on solicitor fees, I also won my case and didn’t have to pay my £271 fine.

You can try it out now, just remember to cancel the trial once you’ve got your answer.

What is a Lewisham PCN?

A Penalty Charge Notice (PCN) is a fine issued by a local council for illegal parking offences or some driving offences, such as turning right when not permitted. They can also be issued by transport authorities for not paying road tolls on time. 

A Lewisham PCN is a PCN that has been issued by Lewisham Council for parking offences or some driving offences. They can only issue these fines for offences within the Lewisham council area. 

How long does a local authority have to issue a PCN?

A local council should issue the Penalty Charge Notice to the motorist within 28 days. Most of the time, the parking ticket will be left on the vehicle. But if the council is sending the PCN by post, they have 28 days to issue the parking ticket. 

The local council may have to contact the DVLA to get your address, using your vehicle registration number. If the DVLA are slow to respond to the council’s request, the council can have longer to serve the PCN. 

How much is a PCN fine in London?

A PCN fine in London will cost between £80 and £130, depending on the seriousness of the parking offence. Council parking ticket fines outside of London are usually a bit cheaper than this. 

How do you pay a Lewisham PCN?

You can pay your Lewisham PCN online, by calling 020 8787 5397, or by cheque. You’ll need to know your car registration number and PCN number to pay. 

Pay your Lewisham PCN online by clicking here

You can usually pay a reduced fine if you make the payment within the first 14 days of receiving your PCN. Or within 21 days if you received your PCN in the post. The reduced fine is often 50% less than the original fine. 

Can you avoid paying a PCN?

You should not ignore a PCN issued by Lewisham Council or any other local authority. However, you might be able to avoid paying your PCN if you can prove that it shouldn’t have been issued.

Learn more about challenging your PCN later in this guide. 

What happens if you don’t pay a PCN (UK)?

You will be issued with a charge certificate that increases the PCN fine by 50% if you do not pay within 28 days. The charge certificate provides you with a further 14 days to clear the increased fine, and if you don’t, the council can get a court order that forces you to pay. Ignoring a court order will result in the council using bailiffs to collect the debt. 

Can you appeal a Lewisham PCN?

You are allowed to challenge any PCN issued to you by Lewisham Council within the first 28 days. You should do so honestly and with good reason. 

How do I appeal my PCN Lewisham?

The process to appeal a PCN issued by Lewisham Council differs depending on how you received the PCN. 

If you found the PCN on your vehicle, you must make an informal appeal first. And if it was served to you in the post, you must start with a formal appeal. If an informal appeal is rejected, you can progress to a formal appeal. 

Your formal appeal should clearly state why you think the Lewisham PCN should be cancelled. You have a better chance of success if you can provide evidence, such as photos or statements. 

Lewisham PCN – pay or appeal?

So, should you pay or appeal against a Lewisham PCN? 

There is no single answer to this question and it will depend on the circumstances of what happened. If you’re confident that you’ll win your appeal because you have a good excuse and solid evidence, an appeal may be the right option. 

But keep in mind that paying your Lewisham PCN within 14 (or 21 days if received in the post) will secure you a 50% reduction on the fine. So it may be worth paying the lower fine quickly if you think your appeal evidence isn’t strong enough. 

Lewisham PCN appeal rejected – what now?

If Lewisham Council rejects your formal PCN appeal but you still believe you’re in the right, you can escalate the appeal. You can send the appeal to an independent tribunal which will have the final say. 

The tribunal you must use is decided on location. All PCNs that were issued within London are escalated to the London Tribunals.

Can a PCN be refunded?

Your Penalty Charge Notice payment will not be refunded unless there is a situation where you paid your PCN and subsequently won an appeal against it. In this situation, the PCN fine would be refunded to you. 

Do You Have to Pay?

In many circumstances parking tickets are not enforceable.

It’s a bit sneaky, but last time I had a parking fine, I paid £5 for a trial to chat to an online solicitor.

Not only did I save £50 on solicitor fees, I also won my case and didn’t have to pay my £271 fine.

You can try it out now, just remember to cancel the trial once you’ve got your answer.

Discover more about Penalty Charge Notices with us!

For more assistance tackling your Penalty Charge Notice or any private car park fines, read our relevant MoneyNerd guides. We have just released new guides on these topics to armour motorists with their rights and tips, so they can fight back against parking tickets. 

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